Toronto film festival follows Cannes' lead

'Gomorra,' 'The Class' added to festival lineup

TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival made way for some Cannes heavyweights Thursday, unveiling Special Presentation slots for Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner "The Class" and Matteo Garrone's Grand Prix winner "Gomorra" among a group of about two dozen North American premieres.

Arnaud Desplechin's "Un conte de Noel" and Canadian helmer Atom Egoyan's "Adoration" -- both Cannes Competition titles -- also will get the red-carpet treatment in Toronto, alongside South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon's Out of Competition "The Good, the Bad and the Weird."

Other Cannes entries making their Canadian splash include the Dardennes brothers' "Lorna's Silence," best screenplay winner in Cannes; Jerzy Skolimowksi's "Four Nights With Anna"; Terence Davies' "Of Time and the City"; Jia Zhang-ke's "24 City"; and "Three Monkeys," which earned director Nuri Bilge Ceylan the best director trophy.

The quintet has been programmed as part of Toronto's Masters sidebar.

On the documentary side, films headed for Toronto include "Blind Loves," from Slovakian director Juraj Lehotsky, Lisandro Alonso's "Liverpool" and "Service," by Brillante Mendoza.

Cannes Competition titles from Brazil -- Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas' "Linha de Passe" and Pablo Trapero's "Lion's Den" -- headline a Contemporary World Cinema sidebar that includes Federico Veiroj's "Acne," Bent Hamer's "O'Horten," Amos Kollek's "Restless" and Gotz Spielmann's "Revanche."

The Discovery program will feature Steve McQueen's "Hunger," which earned the Camera d'Or in Cannes, U.S. filmmaker Barry Jenkins' "Medicine for Melancholy," Argentinean director Gabriel Medina's "The Paranoids," Pablo Aguero's "Salamandra," Matthew Newton's "Three Blind Mice," Pablo Larrain's "Tony Manero" and Sergey Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan."

Rounding out the Toronto lineup is yet another Cannes Competition title -- Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" -- which will compete in the Vanguard section.

The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival will run Sept. 4-13.